Report claims iPad 3 launch may face shortages

Report claims iPad 3 launch may face shortages
This is one of those stories that we just can't help but take with a grain of salt, because it feels like every time Apple is releasing a new iOS device, it faces some sort of component shortage. Of course, unless you're planning to line up late on launch day, you may not notice any shortage. 

A new report from DigiTimes says that info from component suppliers (which DigiTimes often gets right) says that the new QXGA iPad screen (2048x1536) hasn't seen the ramp-up in production needed for the launch. LG, Samsung and Sharp are all hard at work producing the screens for Apple, but haven't been able to produce enough screens. DigiTimes goes on to predict (which is where many DigiTimes stories become unreliable) that this means the iPad 2 will continue as the "mainstream in shipments" through Q1, until iPad 3 shipments can really get going in Q2. 

First, of course the iPad 2 will be the "mainstream in shipments" in Q1 because Q1 runs from January through March and the iPad 3 isn't even being released until March 7th at the very earliest. For all we know, Apple will take this "shortage" into account and announce the iPad 3 on March 7th, but not release the tablet until later in March. Second, unless the report has actual numbers for production and the shortages, none of this information really means anything. We don't doubt that there is a shortage, but if it means cutting iPad 3 shipments from 10 million units to 8 million, will that really make a difference to consumers? And lastly, even if there is a shortage in stores, it doesn't mean people will suddenly flock to Android. It just means the secondary market on eBay and Craigslist will go through the roof and more casual consumers will wait a month or two. 

source: DigiTimes via BGR

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13 Comments

1. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

They could always repackage and conitnue selling iPad 2 since it will be the sAme ole tablet, anyway.

10. bigboy029

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 03, 2011

You cant make that joke about the iPad anymore since the galaxy tab 2 came out after the galaxy tab plus... just sayin.

11. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

You can still make the joke, it just now applies to Samsung too

2. bolaG

Posts: 468; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Arent we already about to start Q2?

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

This is to be expected as when apple goes and changes everything again when re-releasing products with a new name,the ifans go out in droves and buy it like piranhas in a frenzy. The 'new' product is sold out,ifans put their names down on waiting list,the feverish desire increases with the wait and then the thrilling 'apple experience' of waiting on the product is completed. All this happens while they basically already have the exact same product already at home from last years version of the above events.

7. conscious

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Don't worry andro I'm sure you're tablet of choice will have plenty in stock. Just check the clearance bin at your local Walmart.

9. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Haha Walmart! Thanks taco but i dont live in a country with Walmart and working in the phone industry i dont have to pay for a tablet we can get stuff free from companies if we want ;-) No freebies from apple of course they are the only ones who give us nothing which is typical,and thank god because they would prob try and charge us money for their 'free' stuff

4. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

A quarter is three months..........from January THROUGH March...........not TO March.

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Whoops. Small but significant mistake. Thanks for pointing that out.

6. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Wow an Apple product facing shortages?! Who would have thunk?!

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Isn't shortage how Apple sells their products in the first place? Create scarcity, increase desire?

12. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

That is part of the plan, but really it's a matter of not wanting to have too much extra stock on hand at any given time. Last I heard, Apple had it down to where they only held 2 days worth of stock at any time to reduce waste.

13. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

In other news, grass is green and water is wet. Story at 9.

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